Formula E has been hitting most of the Motorsport headlines last week largely because the dawn of a new season was upon us.
With the close of the Formula One season in November, Formula E gives racing fans a chance to watch something a little different as the cars are powered with an electric motor.
The competition has grown significantly and as it enters its fifth season, Formula E is now established as a viable alternative to F1 with a host of Former Grand Prix drivers taking to the grid this season.
Eleven-time Formula One race winner Felipe Massa was the big name taking to the grid for the new season, along with F1 experienced drivers such as
Quite the roll call for a series undoubtedly below Formula One but certainly viewed as the future of motorsport.
Prior to the start of the season in Saudi Arabia, Massa was quoted as saying he ‘expected the racing to be more exciting than Formula One’, after two penalties and a 14th place finish in his debut race, perhaps he may rethink those words.
A disappointing start to season five
I for one was excited for the start of the new season especially with the vast pool of talented drivers on display but everything from start to finish left me a little deflated.
When race series venture to different countries it is an opportunity for that location to advertise to a global audience and with the reach that Formula E is able to generate, the town of Diriyah with its rich royal heritage had a real opportunity to put itself on the map.
However, the backdrop looked like the cars were racing around a building site and the state of the tarmac made the roads of Bracknell look like the Yas Marina Circuit in comparison.
Then there was the race itself.
Okay, it was no less exciting than an F1 race, but it lacked the high-speed battles of IndyCar’s and the technical details and strategy of F1.
Defending champion Jean Eric Vergne was clearly the fastest by some margin on the track and was only denied victory for a penalty for overusing power, however, despite that penalty he still battled back to finish second behind pole sitter and eventual winner Felix da Costa.
The new ‘Attack Mode’ which means drivers have to move off the driving line in order to receive a power boost was a decent addition and the desire to engage fans with the return of the fan’s power boost is only a good thing for motorsport as a whole.
However, one race down and no doubt there is a feeling of deflation rather than elation from the Formula E hierarchy as well as still that the series is still experimenting a formula rather than polishing a finished article.
Must do better is the school report for race one.
Next stop. Marrakesh.
Headline image credit – Associated Press